When I first heard these words, my life changed forever; and with every prayer that has happened since, my life continues to change and I am grateful.
As it is for most of us living in Western society, during the course of our lifetime, we have encountered many a moment when we find a need to access prayer or we find ourselves in a setting where prayer is present. Maybe we are praying alone or with others, say, at the dinner table.
But the most important thing about understanding prayer, I have come to learn, is that the words we utter are simply a code, a tool that we have been given in order to engage our feelings .
We've been conditioned to believe that by simply saying the words, we've said the prayer and therefore we have prayed and it has been sent up to the higher field where it will hopefully be answered. While it was said out loud or inside of our mind, the mode of communication with which the prayer was sent, is not fully understood by the field if it solely something that is spoken without feelings.
Through much research, I've come to learn that there are five modes of prayer:
With informal/colloquial, we say things like "now I lay me down to sleep . . . "
During petitionary prayers, we ask for help, or forgiveness, or as in the case of my dearly departed Grandmother Josie, who would pray for help to find her car keys or her purse.
With meditative prayer, we simply sit with ourself, by ourself and just be. We don't think about anything specifically, we simply focus on the present, on our breathing, our heart, our mind, and our energy.
Lastly, we have a ritualistic mode of prayer, as with the prayer before Thanksgiving Dinner - grace, as it is often referred to. This is a good example.
Please think about the concept of prayer for a moment. When we enter into "prayer mode" we are essentially shifting to communicate to a completely different field of energy. Many call it God, source, the higher field, the quantum field, or just "the field." Most all agree that regardless of what it is called, prayer is our communication to something higher than the human experience.
Brain and heart scientists have now been able to understand the human connection to the field more now than ever before and it is becoming widely known that the field doesn't understand human words. Think about it, why would a higher energy field, understand human words, dialects, languages? It makes perfect sense that a higher energy field would understand energy.
Human energy comes from human feelings.
Human words are a tool for humans to use for the purpose of conjuring feeling and invoking senses. Because the field doesn't understand human words, in order to effectively communicate with the field, one must experience their prayer with feeling and without hidden motive. The feeling is the prayer.
Here's a story to best illustrate an example of a prayer answered:
A farmer in the heart of the USA decides to pray during a drought. Instead of using his words, "I will go out to the farm and pray for rain," he silently walks barefoot into the barren crop field, wearing only a pair of shorts.
From the time he starts walking, he uses his words (in his head) to conjure up his feelings. He intentionally invokes his senses and experiences what it feels like to have:
mud on his feet
hundreds of very high corn stalks brushing against his naked chest as he walks to the center of the crop field (he already visualizes a fertile field of growing corn.)
droplets of rain hitting his head and shoulders as he walks forward
the sound of rain surrounding him in a symphonic manner
the smell of falling rain when it flows over Earth
When he arrives in the middle of his crop field, he stops. Again, he uses his words to conjure more feelings except that these feelings are now his gratitude for what he has just experienced. As he begins to close his prayer, he feels gratitude and he expresses his feelings of gratitude and thanks for the rain. He truly feels that it has already happened and so his genuine sentiments of gratitude are presented to the higher field from his feelings and therefore from his energy.
He did not "pray for rain" - because doing that is communicating to the higher field (with his feelings) that be feels that rain does not exist so he needs to pray for it to exist and that is not the message that he wants to communicate.
Instead, he wants to communicate to the higher field effectively with his feelings, thanking the higher field for the rain it has brought so many times before and will bring again. He has faith it will be delivered and he delivers this message of his faith and trust through the use of his feelings.
The higher field listens to the farmer. That evening, just after dinner, rain begins to fall.
With the power of his feelings, this farmer acted as though his prayer was already answered and therefore, he was grateful for it.
The fifth mode of prayer is:
Feeling-based (feeling as if the prayer is already answered)
How to use the fifth mode of prayer effectively:
Make your declaration statement, use your words to speak into existence your intentions. Use a single phrase or a brief sentence. Be concise. Allow the words to move you up the emotional scale where you engage your feelings and senses.
Some examples: This is a prayer of healing for my body. Today, I pray for my Aunt who is struggling with her marriage. This is a prayer of thanks for the job promotion.
Feel "as if" -
your prayer has been answered
your body is healed
your ideal relationship is beside you
your abundance surrounds you
When you pray using prayer mode 5, pray with all of your senses. Engage your feelings by invoking your five senses to allow you to immerse yourself in the full experience of your prayer as if it has already happened.
In closing, be grateful and give thanks.
After you have felt your prayer as if it has already happened, spend time practicing gratitude for what you have experienced. Give thanks. Feel joy. Trust in your faith.
The gratitude closure is a very powerful part of your feeling-based prayer because with your feelings you're giving thanks to something that you've felt "as if" it has already happened. Upon hearing you, via your powerful feelings of gratitude, the field gives you what you've been expressively grateful for.
It shall be done.
I am a man that continues to be intrigued by science, but I am also intrigued by spirituality, astronomy, and energy. When I think of things like these and how they impact the human experience, my intrigue inspires me to action.
Sure, when I first heard it myself, I thought it was a bit "woo woo" but I have been practicing this mode of prayer for years and I truly believe in my heart and soul that it is why my life is wonderful and why I am surrounded by so much joy.
Sometimes, here in Eureka Springs, you may find me immersed in prayer sitting at the foot of The Christ of The Ozarks statue, or at The Lookout on East Mountain.
I also pray at Little Lake Eureka or sometimes on our patio or our fire pit. I enjoy prayer peacefully at one of our flowing springs and once, I recall a powerful prayer overtook my emotions while floating peacefully down the White River on a canoe with Jeff.
We have the power inside of us to create our life experience! Begin this practice by first refraining from just speaking prayers without engaging your feelings. Words are simply a code designed to get us to feel. When we conjure up our feelings and invoke our senses in a prayer, we connect with the higher energy field and it connects to us because it understands our message since we've delivered it using our powerful human energy.❤️
All of the research for this non-revenue generating community blog is compiled by using various methods and resources widely available. I often find information from public libraries, magazines, books, historical publications, websites, other blogs, and much more. This particular blog-post was written with the help of Gregg Braden.